Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique that improves the skin's texture and appearance, by applying a chemical solution to the skin, which removes the outer damaged layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the and how long it is left on the skin or how many layers are applied to the skin.

They can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face, chest or the back of the hands to improve rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, blemishes, scars or acne. The peeling creates a healing response at the lower layers of the skin that stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, resulting in smoother, radiant and younger looking skin.

What are the benefits of peels?

  • Improvement in the appearance of fine lines
  • Softening of acne scars
  • Evening-out pigmentation irregularities
  • Reduction of pore size
  • Improved skin tone
  • Enhanced skin clarity
  • Maintenance of healthy, rejuvenated skin

TYPES OF PEELS

1. AHA PEELS

A superficial alpha hydroxy acid peel is a quick, no downtime procedures that renews the skin by lifting dead cells off the surface of your skin and stimulating metabolism of the cells underneath. With a series of alpha hydroxy chemical peels you can quickly achieve substantial improvement in the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation, while making your skin look and feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. Acne scars and enlarged pores may become less noticeable, and acne breakouts may be reduced.

Who would benefit from AHA Peels?

Many skin problems are associated with excessive build up of dead cells making the skin look tired and dull. Problems are exacerbated by exposure to the sun, pollution, and other environmental effects.

What results can be expected after a course of AHA Peels?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
  • Skin tone evens out and improvement of overall skin colour
  • Texture becomes more refined and smooth
  • Oily or acne prone skin is improved
  • Rehydrates tired damaged skin as the AHA is hydrating
  • Enlarged pores appear smaller and spots minimized
  • Improves colour and smoothness of old scars
  • Skin appears healthier and more youthful
  • Increased natural skin glow and radiance
  • Overall improvement in skin condition of the face and body

How many treatment sessions are needed?

For best results 6 treatments are recommended 1 week apart. There after maintenance sessions once a month keeps the skin looking radiant and insures lasting effects.

Can all skin types be safely treated with AHA Peels?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels safely treat all skin types without significant pain or downtime. It can improve acne, texture, pores, pigmentation, and surface irregularities.

2. TCA PEELS:

Rejuvenates the skin by reducing signs of ageing such as wrinkles and actinic keratosis (marks and thick spots in the skin associated with ageing). TCA smoothes wrinkles that appear due to repeated muscle contraction - around the mouth and eye area. TCA can reduces the distribution of sun induced pigmentation, even out the skin surface and lighten acne scarring.

What is a TCA (Tri-Chloracetic Acid) Peel?

Tri- Chloracetic acid (TCA) peels are beneficial in reducing or eliminating the effects of aging and in particular aging from sun damage - removal of fine lines and pigmentation caused by sun damage. TCA peels are also of great benefit in treating more difficult cases of acne and for superficial acne scarring. TCA peels can be performed either at a superficial or medium depth. These treatments can if desired be repeated during the course of a year.

The treatment can be used in combination with dermal fillers, also known as the non-surgical facelift by many; it provides a safe and short technique to help skin rejuvenation.

Who would benefit from a TCA Peel?

  • Acne or sensitive skin.
  • Sunspots, hormonal pigmentation, sun-damaged skin,
  • Dry, ageing skin,
  • Oily skin with enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring.

What type of result can be expected with TCA peels?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
  • Skin tone evens out
  • Texture becomes more refined
  • Oily or acne prone skin is improved
  • Enlarged pores appear smaller
  • Superficial scars appear reduced
  • Skin appears healthier and more youthful
  • Sun Induced pigmentation is reduced in all skin types

What to expect after the TCA Peel?

A mild redness of the skin occurs following the procedure, followed by dark scaling that appears within three to five days and sloughs off after five to seven days. Mild peels such as the 10 to 15 % TCA may be repeated at four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.

Can all skin types be safely treated with a TCA Peel?

Most skin types can be safely treated with a low strength of up to 10 % TCA Chemical Peel without significant pain or downtime. Improvement can be seen in only 2 to 4 treatment sessions two to four weeks apart.

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